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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011

We’ve had a beautifully warm last few days in the Cotswolds recently and this evening presented the perfect opportunity to get to grips with another Platter 5 star wine, the Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc.

South Africa has taken Chenin Blanc from its heartland in the Loire Valley and made the variety its own. The styles are very different but there is no doubt that South African winemakers are doing something special with this grape. Led by Ken Forrester and his iconic FMC, South African Chenin Blanc is becoming well known and appreciated around the world for all its styles, clean and fruit forward, oak influenced, intensely sweet voluptuous stickies and incredibly complex Swartland White blends.

This well crafted wine from Sebastian Beaumont is barrel fermented in 400l French oak casks, only 15% of which is new. This allows the Chenin fruit character to express itself with just a supporting hint of oak given away by a light toast and merest whiff of vanilla. This is classic Chenin Blanc, apple, floral and edged with a touch of honey. The honey notes really brought out with the remnants of some Pecorino left over from the weekend.

Regular batonnage makes this a rich wine with a full body but acidity is well balanced giving a refreshing zesty feel. Allowing the wine to warm a little releases a second wave of new aromas, more stone fruit this time with apricot and nectarine but carried along with a wave of lime. Delicious stuff!

The finish is long and concentrated, pushing the apple character all the way through the spectrum.

5 Platter stars, well deserved indeed.

UPDATE – Stocks have arrived from South Africa and are now available from Vincisive Wines here

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